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Azacitidine or Decitabine in Epigenetic Priming in Patients with Newly Diagnosed Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Trial Status: Active

This randomized phase II trial studies how well azacitidine or decitabine work in epigenetic priming in patients with newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia. Azacitidine and decitabine may stop the growth of cancer cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth. Giving azacitidine or decitabine before usual chemotherapy may change the genetics of the leukemia cell by priming it to be more sensitive to the chemotherapy that will follow in treating patients with acute myeloid leukemia.

Inclusion Criteria

  • Patients must have one of the following diagnoses: * Acute myeloid leukemia fulfilling the criteria of the World Health Organization (WHO) classification, or * > 5% but < 20% marrow myeloblasts and evidence of a clonal de novo AML genetic abnormality [e.g., t(8;21), inv(16), t(9;11)], or * Myeloid sarcoma (also referred to as extramedullary myeloid tumor, granulocytic sarcoma, or chloroma), with or without evidence of a leukemia process in the bone marrow or peripheral blood, with confirmation of myeloid differentiation, or * High grade myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) with greater than 5% blasts, or * Patients with treatment related myeloid neoplasms including AML and MDS, provided their cumulative anthracycline dose has not exceeded 230 mg/m^2 doxorubicin equivalents
  • No prior therapy for this malignancy except for one dose of intrathecal therapy and the use of hydroxyurea or low-dose cytarabine (100-200 mg/m^2 per day for one week or less for hyperleukocytosis), and
  • Written informed consent according to institutional guidelines, and
  • Female patients of childbearing potential must have a negative pregnancy test within 2 weeks prior to enrollment, and
  • Male and female participants of reproductive potential must use an effective contraceptive method during the study and for a minimum of 6 months after study treatment

Exclusion Criteria

  • Down syndrome
  • Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL)
  • BCR-ABL1 chronic myeloid leukemia in blast crisis (CML-BC)
  • Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML)
  • Fanconi anemia (FA)
  • Kostmann syndrome
  • Shwachman syndrome
  • Other bone marrow failure syndromes or low grade (< 5% bone marrow blasts) MDS
  • Use of concomitant chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or immunotherapy other than as specified in the protocol
  • Use of investigational agents within 30 days or any anticancer therapy for this malignancy within 2 weeks before study entry with the exception of intrathecal (IT) therapy, hydroxyurea, or low-dose cytarabine as stated above; the patient must have recovered from all acute toxicities from any previous therapy
  • Systemic fungal, bacterial, viral, or other infection not controlled (defined as exhibiting ongoing signs/symptoms related to the infection and without improvement, despite appropriate antibiotics or other treatment)
  • Pregnant or lactating
  • Any significant concurrent disease, illness, or psychiatric disorder that would compromise patient safety or compliance, interfere with consent, study participation, follow up, or interpretation of study results
  • Prior chemotherapy, with the exception of hydroxyurea or low-dose cytarabine as stated above; the patient must have recovered from all acute toxicities from any previous therapy
  • Patients with treatment related myeloid neoplasms with cumulative anthracyclines greater than 230 mg/m^2 doxorubicin equivalents

California

Duarte
City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center
Status: ACTIVE
Contact: Anna Beata Pawlowska
Phone: 626-256-4673
Madera
Valley Children's Hospital
Status: ACTIVE
Contact: Faisal Saeed Razzaqi
Phone: 866-353-5437
Orange
Children's Hospital of Orange County
Status: ACTIVE
Contact: Jamie Nella Frediani
Phone: 714-997-3000
Palo Alto
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford University
Status: ACTIVE
Contact: Norman James Lacayo
Phone: 650-498-7061
San Diego
Rady Children's Hospital - San Diego
Status: ACTIVE
Contact: Deborah E. Schiff
Phone: 858-966-5983

Illinois

Chicago
University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital
Status: ACTIVE
Contact: Jennifer Lynn McNeer
Phone: 773-702-6808

Indiana

Indianapolis
Riley Hospital for Children
Status: ACTIVE
Contact: Sandeep Batra
Phone: 317-944-8784
Email: batras@iu.edu

Massachusetts

Boston
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Status: ACTIVE
Contact: Barbara Alsen Degar
Phone: 617-632-2270

Michigan

Detroit
Children's Hospital of Michigan
Status: ACTIVE
Contact: Meret Henry
Phone: 313-745-5515

North Dakota

Fargo
Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center
Status: ACTIVE
Contact: Samuel Jacob Milanovich

South Dakota

Sioux Falls
Sanford Children's Specialty Clinic-Sioux Falls
Status: ACTIVE
Contact: Kayelyn Jean Wagner
Phone: 605-312-1000

Tennessee

Memphis
Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital
Status: ACTIVE
Contact: Jeffrey E. Rubnitz
Phone: 901-595-2388

Texas

Fort Worth
Cook Children's Medical Center
Status: ACTIVE
Contact: Kenneth Matthew Heym
Phone: 682-885-4007

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES:

I. Evaluate the tolerability of five days of epigenetic priming with azacitidine and decitabine as a single agent deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) methyltransferase inhibitor (DMTi) prior to standard acute myeloid leukemia (AML) chemotherapy blocks.

II. Evaluate the change in genome-wide methylation burden induced by five days of epigenetic priming and the association of post-priming genome-wide methylation burden with event-free survival among pediatric AML patients.

SECONDARY OBJECTIVES:

I. Describe minimal residual disease levels following induction I chemotherapy in patients that receive DMTi.

II. Estimate the event-free survival and overall survival of patients receiving a DMTi prior to chemotherapy courses.

EXPLORATORY OBJECTIVES:

I. Describe phenotypic changes in leukemia blasts as measured by flow cytometry following treatment with DMTi.

II. Identify all genomic lesions by comprehensive whole genome, exome and transcriptome sequencing on all patients.

III. Characterize changes in DNA methylation and gene expression following treatment with DMTi.

IV. Assess the prognostic value of minimal residual disease (MRD) by deep sequencing.

V. Study immune repertoire diversity over the course of treatment by deep sequencing of lymphocyte variable regions.

VI. Assess the stability of memory T cell subset-specific phenotypes and function in individuals who have undergone therapies that induce DNA methylation erasure and correlate changes in memory CD8 T cell phenotype and function with DNA methylation changes.

VII. Assess the effect of epigenetic priming on signaling using single cell phosphoproteomic analysis.

VIII. Identify active novel AML therapeutic agents.

IX. Examine the plasma metabolome of AML patients pre and post treatment with DMTi.

X. Examine cardiac function over the course of treatment.

OUTLINE:

To determine tolerability, priming with DMTi (azacitidine or decitabine) will be limited to Induction I and II during part 1 of the study. If DMTi treatment is tolerated during part 1, the investigators will go on to an expansion phase (part 2) that includes DMTi priming prior to all chemotherapy blocks.

Treatment will consist of 5 blocks of conventional chemotherapy: Induction I, Induction II, Intensification I, Intensification II, and Intensification III.

RANDOMIZATION: Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 arms 5 days prior to Induction I:

ARM I: Azacitidine (AZA) intravenously (IV) over 10-40 minutes on days -4 to 0.

ARM II: Decitabine (DAC) IV over 1 hour on days -4 to 0.

INDUCTION I: Patients receive cytarabine IV over 30 minutes every 12 hours on days 1-10, dexrazoxane hydrochloride IV over 15 minutes on days 1, 3, and 5, daunorubicin hydrochloride IV over 6 hours on days 1, 3, and 5, and etoposide phosphate IV over 4 hours on days 1-5.

INDUCTION II: Patients receive their assigned DMTi days -4 to 0, fludarabine phosphate IV over 30 minutes on days 1-5, cytarabine IV over 4 hours on days 1-5, dexrazoxane hydrochloride IV over 15 minutes on days 3-5, idarubicin hydrochloride IV over 15 minutes on days 3-5, and filgrastim subcutaneously (SC) or IV over 15-30 minutes on days 1-7. Patients with FLT3-ITD after completion of other agents receive sorafenib tosylate orally (PO) once daily (QD) for 21 days.

Patients are then evaluated and assigned to either the low-risk arm, intermediate-risk arm, or the high-risk arm for Intensification therapy.

Patients with >= 5% blasts following Induction II will be considered refractory and will go off therapy. The rare high risk patient with an MRD < 0.1% following Induction I may proceed directly to stem cell transplant (SCT) after Induction II - if a suitable donor is available and the transplant can be performed without delay. MDS patients may proceed to SCT once they have achieved MRD <0.1% irrespective of the number of chemotherapy courses received.

Priming with AZA or DAC prior to Intensification courses will only occur during the Part 2 expansion if it is found to be tolerated during Part 1. Patients will continue to receive the same DMTi they were randomly assigned to prior to Induction I. For patients with FLT3-ITD, treatment with azacytidine or decitabine will be limited to the first two cycles of Induction chemotherapy. They will not receive azacitidine or decitabine with Intensification therapy until their own tolerability phase is passed.

INTENSIFICATION I - LOW-RISK AML, INTERMEDIATE-RISK AML, and HIGH-RISK AML with no donor: Patients receive cytarabine IV over 2 hours every 12 hours and etoposide phosphate IV over 2 hours on days 1-5. Patients with FLT3-ITD after completion of other agents receive sorafenib tosylate PO QD for 21 days.

INTENSIFICATION I - HIGH-RISK AML with a donor:

Patients receive dexrazoxane hydrochloride IV over 15 minutes on days 3-5, mitoxantrone IV over 1 hour on days 3-5, and cytarabine IV over 2 hours every 12 hours on days 1-4 followed by stem cell transplant. Treatment related AML patients and patients with treatment related MDS who have a donor but are not able to receive a SCT without delay will proceed to HR Intensification III and receive erwinia asparaginase and cytarabine. Patients with FLT3-ITD after completion of other agents receive sorafenib tosylate PO QD for 21 days.

Treatment related AML patients and treatment related MDS patients that are not able to receive a SCT should go off treatment following Intensification II.

INTENSIFICATION II: LOW-RISK AML, INTERMEDIATE-RISK AML, and HIGH-RISK AML with no donor: Patients receive dexrazoxane hydrochloride IV over 15 minutes on days 3- 5, mitoxantrone IV over 1 hour on days 3-5, and cytarabine IV over 2 hours every 12 hours on days 1-4. Patients with FLT3-ITD after completion of other agents receive sorafenib tosylate PO QD for 21 days.

INTENSIFICATION III CHEMOTHERAPY - INTERMEDIATE-RISK AML and HIGH-RISK AML with no donor: Patients receive cytarabine IV over 3 hours days 1, 2, 8, and 9, and erwinia asparaginase IV or intramuscularly (IM) over 1 hour days 2 and 9. Patients with FLT3-ITD after completion of other agents receive sorafenib tosylate PO QD for 21 days.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up for 10 years.

Trial Phase Phase I/II

Trial Type Treatment

Lead Organization
Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital

Principal Investigator
Jeffrey E. Rubnitz

  • Primary ID AML16
  • Secondary IDs NCI-2017-00928
  • Clinicaltrials.gov ID NCT03164057